Gov. Brown signs bill to fight against racial profiling

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SACRAMENTO (KRON) — Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 953: The Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 into California Law on Saturday. AB 953 was written by Assemblymember Shirley Weber.

The bill requires law enforcement agencies to collect basic information on police stops due to increasing concerns of racial profile and police misconduct.

“I am grateful to the Governor – who along with his father has been on the forefront of civil rights issues for the last half century – for his careful consideration and for his support for this bill,” Weber said. “AB 953 will be the state’s first step toward not only understanding the problem of racial profiling, but also toward formulating policies to reduce the practice and its devastating consequences. California is going in a new direction on this issue; hopefully, this will set an example for other states.”

AB 953 will update California’s definition of racial and identity profiling, require that California law enforcement agencies uniformly collect and report data on stops, frisks, and any other interactions that they have with the communities that they serve, and establish an advisory board to develop recommendations to address problems with disparate policing where they exist.

More than a half-dozen states have also passed bills addressing racial biases or police profiling.

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